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Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.

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    Special education teacher honored for dedication inside and outside the classroom

    MADISON COUNTY – Students are back in class for a new school year.  That means we are heading back to school as well to recognize teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty. This year, WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith will be awarding $319 each week to a deserving public school teacher in the Tennessee Valley. Recently, Ben traveled to Sparkman High School in Madison County to honor Amy Alsup as a recipient of the first Tools […]

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    Strong Tropical Wave – Could Become Hermine Shortly

    On cue the tropical Atlantic is getting active. There isn’t much left of Fiona and Gaston is way out in the eastern Atlantic. The one system the United States needs to keep a close watch on is just east of the Lesser Antilles. A strong tropical wave continues to move west-northwest across the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday. This system has a chance to become the eighth named storm of the season. Enhanced Satellite Tuesday Morning   Hermine is the next name […]

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    Extreme Drought Expands

    Hard to believe that even more of the Tennessee Valley is under an *extreme drought*. Though parts of the Tennessee Valley including sections of Madison and Morgan Counties saw over three inches of rain last week, the *extreme drought* expands.                 Updated: July 7, 2016, at 9am.   North of Huntsville including Hazel Green east to New Market are in an *extreme drought.* Most of Jackson County and northern DeKalb is as well. Scattered […]

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    Drought conditions worsen across the Tennessee Valley

    TENNESSEE VALLEY– Despite recent heavy rain across the Tennessee Valley, the drought has expanded. Parts of Jackson & DeKalb Counties are now under an extreme drought while Limestone, Morgan, and Madison Counties points east remain in a severe drought. Much of northwest Alabama remains under a moderate drought. Refresh this page for the latest image The last time any part of north Alabama was included in an extreme or exceptional drought was in late 2007 and early 2008. Parts of Madison […]

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    Meteorologist Ben Smith: Remembering April 27, 2011

    Hard to believe I had only been at WHNT News 19 one year when one of the biggest outbreaks in U.S. history impacted us in the Tennessee Valley. I want to share my personal experience and what I learned as a meteorologist and a human being after that day. We knew the day before that it would be a big day, but to think we would lose over 200 lives in the state of Alabama is unthinkable. Jerry Hayes and […]

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    Snow Less Likely This Time

    Lately the Tennessee Valley has gotten used to seeing snow. We’ve had a few events recently, but this time it appears to be just rain. Ingredients for the past couple events were there including plenty of cold air and an upper level low (cold pocket aloft.) This time the warmer air wins. Here is the set up. There is some cold air in place Saturday, but it just doesn’t win out late Sunday into Monday.  Here is a look an explainer. Low pressure center is just […]

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    Strong to severe storm threat remains for tonight, greatest threat after 6 p.m. – Feb. 2

    A risk of some strong to severe storms exists on Tuesday over a broad area; around here, the greatest chance of stormy weather comes after 6 PM Tuesday evening. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 3 AM Wednesday; wind gusts away from storms may exceed 35 MPH.

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    Looking Ahead To Tuesday – Severe Weather Potential

    I know it’s early, but as you enjoy your weekend, don’t be surprised to hear about the potential for severe thunderstorms for early next week. A strong low pressure is expected to move our way by Monday into Tuesday pressing heavy rain and damaging winds across all of the Tennessee Valley. Guidance shows a pretty healthy squall line here early next week before another round of colder air takes over. This is valid for Tuesday afternoon. That is a large […]

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    Meteorologist Ben Smith’s family & friends still snowed in — check out Virginia!

    The effects of last weekend’s blizzard across the middle Atlantic and northeast aren’t going away anytime soon. Ask our own WHNT News 19 Meteorologist Ben Smith. He is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, which is 50 miles south of Washington, DC. Many of his family and friends are still snowed in. They saw around two feet of snow there. This photo is from Jennifer Romack of Fredericksburg. Her car is nearly buried in a four-foot snow […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory issued for early Wednesday through Tennessee Valley

    What: Winter Weather Advisory When: Wednesday 3am-Noon Who: Franklin, Lincoln, Moore (TN); Lauderdale, Limestone, Madison, Jackson, DeKalb (AL) The Winter Weather Advisory includes the cities of Huntsville, Decatur and Florence Why: Sleet and freezing rain possible early Wednesday morning There could be problems for the early morning commute Wednesday as a brief period of sleet and freezing rain is possible in the Tennessee Valley (see the forecast graphics in the gallery below). Elevated surfaces, bridges and overpasses are prone to be […]


    Snow or No Snow this weekend?

    There has been a lot of buzz going around about what could happen this weekend. Will it snow Saturday night into Sunday? To answer that question, probably not. This time of year the Tennessee Valley gets its fair share of “minor events” or just a few flurries. Last Sunday we saw just that. A light dusting in sections of Jackson and DeKalb Counties. Even that this time would be a stretch.  Let’s break it down for you. First, here is […]

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    Monday morning temps: Which area had the lowest low?

    Just how cold was it in the Tennessee Valley this morning? Well, here are a few numbers!   Decatur: 17° Huntsville: 18° Muscle Shoals: 16° Albertville: 19° Fort Payne: 18° Meridianville: 18° Cullman: 15° Winchester: 12° Bankhead National Forest: 14° Courtland: 16° Crossville: 16° Russellville: 13° Scottsboro: 18° Valley Head: 15° UAH: 18° Cherokee 11° (Unofficial) Frankewing: 10° (Unofficial) Even some interesting tweets from this morning! The best one came from Erica @elguthrie32 “13° N Henagar. It’s so frozen I can […]